The roof inspections of four Douglas County buildings by helicopter originally scheduled for Friday have been postponed due to wind conditions in the Kansas City area, county officials said.
The county’s contractor Infrared Concept Corporation originally scheduled Friday afternoon and night flights in Lawrence as part of inspections of:
• Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St.
• Douglas County Jail, 3601 E. 25th St.
• Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St.
• Douglas County Youth Services, 330 Industrial Lane.
The helicopter captures images of buildings, which all have flat roofs, to help county officials gauge the conditions of them from year-to-year for minor repairs, said Jackie Waggoner, the county’s director of purchasing. She said the process aims to help the county avoid major repairs that could be more costly.
The contractor performs one inspection in Douglas County per year, which costs $6,113, Waggoner said. The Douglas County flights are conducted in conjunction with ones at a college in the Kansas City area, Waggoner said, which is why Friday’s conditions there affected the flights here. The inspections are tentatively now scheduled for July 8, she said.